Najeeb Jung, Lt Governor has visited several hospitals across Delhi, on Sunday to further take stock of their preparedness in dealing with the rising number of disease Chikungunya and dengue cases in the national capital.
He stressed on “special attention” to the elderly people. His visit came a day after the AAP government accused the Governor of adopting a “casual approach” in dealing with the health crisis in the city.
Delhi is burning under the viral onslaught of chikungunya and dengue, which have so far claimed at least 33 lives and affected over 2,800 people.
Jung was accompanied by Delhi Secretary Chandrakar Bharti and other top officials. They visited fever clinics, laboratories at the Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Hospital, Bara Hindu Rao Hospital and also GTB Hospital. The team interacted with the patients, doctors, medical superintendents, staff and other visitors to further assess the situation.
Najeeb Jung, Lt Governor
The AAP government and the Lt Governor had a standoff yesterday after the Health Minister Satyendar Jain and Kapil Mishra, the Water Minister went to meet the LG at his office, in order to discuss the health crisis, but could not meet him as he was not present in his office.
While Jain questioned why Jung did not cut short his US visit “even by one hour”, the LG’s office accused the AAP government of “politicizing the issue” when the city was grappling with the health crisis.
Among the 15 fatalities that were reported this season due to chikungunya complications, most of the victims have been elderly with some comorbid conditions like hypertension, kidney or other health problems.
J C Passey, the Medical Superintendent of LNJP Hospital has informed the Lt Governor that out of 200 beds which were dedicated for dengue and chikungunya patients, 76 were occupied.
“Most patients come to Lok Nayak from central Delhi with 10 per cent of the patients being from adjacent states such as Uttar Pradesh,” he said.
“He also told the Lt Governor that apart from one death last month, there has been no fatality and that chikungunya patients do not always require hospitalization. The MS also said as per the data collected by them, the ratio of chikungunya and dengue patients this year was 4:1,” the statement said.
Ajit Goel, the Medical Superintendent of Bara Hindu Rao, has informed Jung that the fever clinics were operational 24 hrs and also approximately 1,000 patients visited them every day. So far we have had 163 Chikungunya, 72 malaria and 50 dengue cases in the hospital, he said.